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Cisco made news earlier in the month by claiming to give the Internet more room to grow, but obviously, boxes that are larger than most trucks can't easily be integrated into the home. Today, the company is introducing a few items that can actually be easily moved into the home. The company's Linksys branch has just revealed some of the neatest routers we have ever seen, and undoubtedly the most stylish. We've often wondered why routers were so ugly, yet there's no good way to hide them. Linksys now has the solution to that problem, with a new, streamlined product lineup that highlights a new piece of software: Cisco Connect.Obviously typing the strong-suits of the two companies together, Cisco... Read more...
Fully a third of the top dogs on Barron's 30 Most Respected CEOs list released in this week's print edition hail from the tech world.Given how virtually all anyone talks about these days (other than healthcare, but don't expect a discussion of that here) is social media, gadgets and the interwebz, it should be no shock. Nonetheless, a few tech names fell off the list this year: Chase Carey of DirecTV left the company to be the No. 2 man at NewsCorp.; Satoru Iwata of Nintendo due to the Wii's declining fortunes; and Rick Tsai of TSMC, as he's no longer with the semiconductor manufacturer.So we have, then, the 10 most respected CEOs from the tech world (phrases in italics are Barron's summation... Read more...
Promising to change the Internet as we know it? Far too many companies say this without any real meaning behind it, but Cisco might actually have something that could truly revolutionize the way we enjoy the world wide web. But as with most things that have a Cisco label, it will basically all be done behind the scenes. The CRS-3 Carrier Routing System was introduced today by the company, and it's supposedly "designed to serve as the foundation of the next-generation Internet and set the pace for the astonishing growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services through this decade and beyond." Those are some pretty bold words, but Cisco's new solution has over 12x the traffic... Read more...
Some have said that the addition of video recording to the iPod nano earlier this year spelled the possible demise of Flip Video's popular line of handheld camcorders. The Cisco division is not standing still, however, waiting for Apple to catch up, as on Wednesday they announced FlipShare TV, which is a new $150 box that you can use to view videos either shared directly from your computer or from your FlipShare channels on the Internet. FlipShare.com was introduced earlier this year as a way to share videos. While you can obviously share videos via YouTube, it's easier to keep them private on FlipShare.com. On YouTube you can keep a video private, but then those who want to view them must accept... Read more...
Clearwire and Cisco have formed an alliance to expand WiMAX services throughout the U.S. and offer additional devices that will work with the WiMAX standard. Under the terms of the partnership, Cisco will provide the network backbone for Clearwire’s national WiMAX network. In addition, Cisco will build new mobile devices that are compatible with Clearwire’s Clear 4G mobile WiMAX service. As you know, WiMAX provides wireless broadband Internet at speeds much faster than today’s 3G networks. Sprint and Clearwire combined their WiMAX assets in November; the new company is called Clearwire. Sprint is the majority owner of Clearwire with 51%. Clearwire currently offers WiMAX services in Baltimore... Read more...
Anyone paying close attention to the computing industry would realize that a few trends are picking up steam. Netbooks, smartphones and cloud computing -- and that's just to name a few. Cisco Systems, which definitely isn't immune to security breaches, is keying in on the latter one with a new network security lineup engineered to "help protect companies' Web-based software and services from attacks on their networks."More and more, companies and individuals alike are relying on "cloud computing," which is a fancy way of saying that they're retrieving software, files and other information from the Internet rather than locally. Cloud computing provides ample benefits for users; it cuts down on... Read more...
If you have a large or growing collection of digital photos, videos, and music, and want to share this media with other users in your household--or perhaps you want to consolidate all the media from different users and systems to a single source--then you can benefit from a NAS device. Add in automatic backups of all locally-networked PCs and remote access to the device over the Internet and you have the Linksys by Cisco Media Hub device. The Linksys by Cisco Media Hub comes in three different versions. The NMH305 comes with 500GB of storage that can be user-upgraded to 1TB, and it sells for $299.99 (MSRP). The NMH405 also has 500GB of storage that can be user-upgraded to 1TB; but it also includes... Read more...
Only a few weeks after a teenager lost a job because of a Facebook update saying her job was boring, a person with "foot in the mouth" disease may have tweeted his way out of a job offer. His update on Twitter: Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.A fat paycheck, but work he hates and a rotten commute, eh? He may not get a chance to decide if he wants the offer, as Tim Levad at Cisco tweeted back: Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.Oops. It just goes to show you that you need to be careful what you publicly... Read more...
With the introduction of Linksys by Cisco, Cisco proved that it wasn't scared of sticking its neck out into the wild, dynamic world of consumer electronics. In an effort to prove once again that it's more than some networking company that just routes Internet traffic and pushes out witty commercials, the company has just made public its intent to shell out a rather huge sum of money in order to acquire Pure Digital.If you're not quite familiar with Pure Digital, maybe "Flip Video" rings a bell? Said company, a San Francisco-based startup, is the creator of that very handheld camcorder, which has seen incredible adoption rates since hitting the market shortly ago. Ned Hooper (pictured), senior... Read more...
Cisco Systems announced today a new router that is designed to handle the load of current and future burdensome network traffic like Video, IPTV, and the increased demands of a growing internet population. The Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000, or ASR 9000, has "six times more capacity and is four times faster than any other router in its class" handling up to 6.4 Terabits per second of data. To put this in perspective, Cisco claims a "single ASR 9000 could deliver high definition video streams to every household in Los Angeles simultaneously".In addition to providing higher bandwidth the new ASR 9000 is much greener and Cisco claims it "can run 40 percent more efficiently than competing... Read more...
Cisco releases new Linksys by Cisco Powerline product portfolioNew Linksys by Cisco Powerline AV and Powerline Turbo products offer space saving design and enhanced connectivityIrvine, Calif. – October 20, 2008 – Cisco today revealed its renewed line-up of Linksys by Cisco Powerline adapters that are designed to allow consumers to extend their existing wired or wireless network throughout the home leveraging existing electrical wiring. With these Powerline adapters, any wall socket can be transformed into a network connection to connect devices such as game consoles, TVs or computers to the home network. The new space saving design makes the adapters easy to use and won’t hinder the use of the... Read more...
The FBI recently uncovered approximately 3500 fake Cisco systems routers in government networks, but that isn’t the end of the problem.  Now it seems that Cisco routers may soon come under attack by rootkits:"A security researcher has developed malicious rootkit software for Cisco's routers, a development that has placed increasing scrutiny on the routers that carry the majority of the Internet's traffic.Sebastian Muniz, a researcher with Core Security Technologies, developed the software, which he will unveil on May 22 at the EuSecWest conference in London."Considering how many Cisco products are in use in various ISPs, hosts, and even backbones, this could be a massive problem for anyone who's... Read more...
Grab your tinfoil hats people, the conspiracy theories are about to start flying. The FBI just recently finished conducting an investigation into the networking components being used by the government."Operation Cisco Raider uncovered 3,500 counterfeit Cisco network components, with an estimated value of $3.5 million.  According to the FBI’s briefing of the Office of Management and Budget, the counterfeit equipment could allow the remote jamming of networks thought to be secure and possibly could allow access to networks remotely."The FBI is understandably concerned that counterfeit components would allow unwanted users to access secure networks.   The question would be whether or not the people... Read more...
Cisco Systems has introduced a new data center switch, to go with the new Fiber Channel Over Ethernet standard networking platform, that is mind-bogglingly powerful and fast. With the increasing demand placed on networks by high bandwith applications like video, and the amount of just plain data that any business generates, data centers are constantly struggling to increase capacity. Cisco's new Nexus 7000 will allow greater consolidation of data centers because even enormous amounts of information can be moved to and from remote storage locations fast. How fast is fast? Cisco says that the new data-center switch would be able to copy all the searchable data on the Internet in 7.5 minutes,... Read more...
The headline works best if you sing it like Tony Bennett. Cisco Systems has purchased Navini Networks for $330 million dollars to get their hands on Navini's networking equipment business. Navini  makes the WiMax version of wireless equipment that is poised to become the industry standard for the 3G data transfer protocol.Unlike Wi-Fi, a rival wireless standard that operates at shorter distances, WiMax networks allow the high-speed transmission of information over distances of several kilometres. Some telecommunications companies have expressed interest in using WiMax wireless technologies to replace traditional copper wires or fibre optic cable in the "last mile" between their data backbones... Read more...
John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, recently announced to members of the European press that the company expects to phase out the Linksys name. Chambers considered the Linksys brand as having reached “end of life,” and is to be replaced by new products that wear a redesigned Cisco emblem. “‘It will all come overtime into a Cisco brand,’ Chambers said. ‘The reason we kept Linksys' brand because it was better known in the US than even Cisco was for the consumer. As you go globally there's very little advantage in that.’” Here’s a little history lesson on Linksys. It was established as a separate company in 1988. By 1999, it had evolved from a basic Ethernet equipment company to one that specialized... Read more...
Google keeps buying things and offering services. They're doing preliminary work to offer free WiFi to the entire City of San Francisco.  Hey, how about the rest of us? Google says it has no plans to attempt to offer such Internet access beyond the San Francisco Bay Area, the Journal said. But the move is still expected to capture the attention of telephone and cable companies whose core businesses including providing Internet access for a fee, the newspaper noted. Meanwhile, offering a free city-wide network would put Google in competition with established Internet service providers who provide broadband access, including telecom... Read more...
Well this did not take long at all.  Right on the heals of Tuesday's big Apple announcement for their version of the iPhone, the BBC is now reporting that Cisco will be filling suit soon for trademark infringement.  Cisco has in fact owned the iPhone name since 2000 when it acquired the name from Infogear who had originally trademarked it in 1996. Cisco, which has owned the trademark since 2000, said it thought Apple would agree to a final document and public statement regarding the trademark. "Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," said Mark... Read more...
The Walt Disney Company, Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation Invest in MovieBeam INC. New Digital Entertainment Venture Launches with $48.5 Million in Series A Financing Burbank, Calif., San Jose, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif., February 14, 2006 – The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation, through its leading investment arm Intel Capital, today announced they have invested in MovieBeam, Inc., a newly formed digital entertainment venture. The series A financing round, worth a total of $48.5 million, includes additional investment from tier-one venture capital firms the Mayfield Fund, Norwest Venture Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners. MovieBeam is... Read more...
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